There are approximately 13,000 Vietnamese refugees now in transit camps in Hong Kong ...
1. GV Exterior of Jubilee transit centre (three shots) 0.14
2. CU PULL BACK TO SV: Refugees preparing food. 0.20
3. SV AND GV: Refugees washing clothes (three shots) 0.32
4. SCU: Interview with refugee, Mr. Le Thanh Hai (SOT) 0.50
5. SV PAN INTERIOR AND SV: Refugees eating by their beds (two shots) 1.03
6. SV: Women and children in their quarters (four shots) 1.36
7. SCU: Mrs. Dolores Lasan, in charge of Hong Kong office of the U.N.H.C.R. (SOT) 1.56
SEQ 4. LE THANH HAI "All of us don't want to be sent back to Vietnam. We would like to resettle in another country, but none of us would like to sent back to Vietnam".
SEQ 7. MRS. LASAN "We at U.N.H.C.R. can only appeal to the resettlement countries on a humanitarian basis to remind them that the refugees are only in temporary asylum in the first countries of asylum in Asia.
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Background: HONG KONG
There are approximately 13,000 Vietnamese refugees now in transit camps in Hong Kong ... the so called 'boat people'. But now the Hong Kong government says it can't be expected to take any more.
According to government officials, only four major Western Countries are helping to resettle the boat people ... the Unites States, Canada, Australia and France.
By contrast, the greater burden is unfairly on the shoulders of Hong Kong and it's Asian neighbors, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, and Macau.
Now, face with problems of severe overcrowding, Hong Kong is seriously considering sending some of these refugees back to Vietnam.
It argues that the boat people are no longer fleeing Vietnam for fear of political persecution, the classic definition of a refugee. Rather they ar mostly ethnic Vietnamese wanting to better themselves economically.
Mr. Le Thanh Hai is a doctor from South Vietnam who's been in Hong Kong for eight months.
He voiced the opposition of all the boat people to being sent back. But if the Hong Kong government decided to take a hard line, many will be sent back ... a move opposed by United Nations High Commission for Refugees.
The Commission has declared it would not accept repatriation of boat people without their consent.
A U.N.H.C.R. spokeswoman, in Hong Kong, Mrs. Dolores Lasan, says, instead, an appeal should be made to other nations to accept more refugees.
Source: REUTERS - GARY LING